There’s quite a lot of Doctor Who-related stuff on the blog, mainly because it is/was one of my favourite things in the world. So here’s a page with it all organised (sort of) for easier access.
Should anyone be really, really interested in reading the reviews of the original run – and much else besides – I wrote between 2000 and 2005, they are all still archived at the essential Doctor Who Ratings Guide.
These were all written within a few days of first seeing the stories under discussion, hence they are ‘reactions’ rather than ‘reviews’ – which would probably be rather more measured, in-depth, and contextualised.
The Natural History of Evil
A look at how the series’ handling of its antagonists has changed over the course of its run.
Black and White – The first Doctor’s era, when everything was quite different.
Silver Age – When monsters ruled the world.
The Irresistible Rise of the Man in Black – A new Doctor, a new look, and a new approach entirely.
The Horror, the Horror – A new set of icons (and priorities) in the fourth Doctor’s era.
Oh No, Not You Again! – Dark days on all fronts in the 1980s.
Necessary Evils – A look at how the revived series has been surprisingly retro in its handling of monsters and villains…
An Angry Silence – An update looking at Season 32.
Beyond Such Things – An update for Season 33A and associated episodes.
The Tarot of Evil – The first part of a look specifically at the Daleks and how they’ve been presented over the years.
The Essential Dalek – The second part of the look at the Daleks and what lies behind that iconic design.
Politics in the TARDIS
Well, not just in the TARDIS, in Doctor Who generally. Not all of these are completely serious in intent, by the way.
The Silver Dream – A lament for the Cybermen and the commendable values they embody. Sort of.
Class Action – The British class system as depicted in the series.
The Art of Departure
50 ways to leave your companion.
The Jargon of Goodbye – In which the terminology involved is got straight.
The Oldschool Goodbye – How the original series handled companion hellos and, particularly, goodbyes.
The Big Goodbye (and Other Tragedies) – How the change in emphasis of the new series has affected the nature of farewells.
This is just a fancy word for the wider fictional world in which Doctor Who occurs, which is what these bits of writing are about.
The Age(s) of Reptiles – When did Silurians rule the earth?
‘The Cat Himself Knows, and will never confess…’ – The truth(s) about the name of the Doctor.
Hard to Kill…? – Exactly how difficult is it to get rid of a Time Lord?
On Appearance and Essence – Hang onto your hats: how realistically does the TV show depict the adventures of the Doctor?
On the Nature of Planets – The population of the solar system, as seen in the TV series.
Political Animals and Other Aliens – The strange political history of Who-world.
The Slippery Present – It jumps about a lot, you know. The UNIT dating problem and beyond.
What it says.
Being and Time (Lords) – A review of Doctor Who and Philosophy.
A Crush on the Goatee – Alastair Reynolds’ ever-so-slightly maddening Harvest of Time.
The Economics of Cashing In – A review of The Science of Doctor Who.
‘…even the cow seemed to quite enjoy it.’ – Positive things are said about Peter Davison’s autobiography.
Gallifreyan Bookclub Roundup – Reviews of A History of the Universe in 100 Objects and When’s the Doctor?.
Monstrous Musings and Alien Academicals – A review of Graham Sleight’s The Doctor’s Monsters.
Ordinary Lives – A the-title-very-nearly-says-it-all review of Justin Richards’ The Secret Lives of Monsters
Pilgrims’ Progress (or: Fun with Neil and Sue) – A review of Adventures with the Wife in Space.
Time Wars and Civil Wars – A review of Aboud Dandachi’s The Doctor, the Eye Doctor, and Me.
Two Great Tastes… – A review of the great Michael Moorcock’s not-so-great Doctor Who novel (sorry Mike).
Adventures in Time and Space
Reviews of the Cubicle 7 RPG product-line.
The Emulation Game – In which the core rules receive their due praise.
Fourth Protocols – A look at the Fourth Doctor Sourcebook.
A bit of a grab-bag of stuff.
Brave New Girl, Same Old Nutters – A response to the response to the announcement of Jenna what’s-her-name being cast.
Canons, Boots, and Threads – The unique nature of Doctor Who as an on-going story.
Cushing 2150AD – A review of the second Dalek movie from 1966.
An Execution is Announced – A remarkably non-prescient look at the publicity ahead of Season 32.
Joining the (Nuclear) Club – Or, Tegan Jovanka and the Israeli Atomic Weapons Programme.
Krypton and Gallifrey… – With British actors playing Superman and Batman, what are the prospects for an American Doctor?
Losing the Plot… – How genre TV has changed since the 60s (also looks at Sherlock, The Avengers and Primeval).
My Goldfish Bowl is Bigger on the Inside than the Outside – A ramble about Tennant’s departure and the attendant media circus.
The Night Before – Thoughts on Brian Cox’s look at the science of the series, The Ultimate Guide, and Night of the Doctor.
Only Two Hearts Between The Pair Of Them – The inevitable comparisons between the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes are given a good long looking-at.
Panic amongst the Under-14s – How many regenerations has the Doctor got left these days?
Saturday Night Satan – A countdown of Doctor Who‘s aspiring Devils.
STOP THIS NOW!!! – A reasoned response to the news of that bloke who made the Harry Potter films talking about doing the same to Doctor Who.
A Tale of Two Lords – Just how reasonable is it to treat the series as some kind of Christian tract?
That 80s Question – As asked by Newsnight, no less: did 20th century Doctor Who go rubbish in its final decade?
Well-Nigh Obligatory Matt Smith Departure Announcement Reaction Post – Pretty much what it sounds like.
For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo – (although not exactly what you’d call a detailed review).
One Dog and His Show – A look at the first couple of episodes of the Aussie production (couldn’t bring myself to sit through the rest).
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Mostly reviews with some odd bibbling about the chronology of all the modern series.
Made in Cardiff – A look at the first three series and the programme’s odd relationship with its fanbase.
Children of Earth – A review of the bit of Torchwood which justifies the existence of the entire series.
Death Takes A Holiday – A review of the first half of Miracle Day…
Death Makes A Comeback – …and one of the conclusion.